Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker (category IIB), directed by Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy co-star. Photo: Nico Tavernise

Venice 2019: Joker film review – Joaquin Phoenix excels as DC Comics super villain in wrenching origin story

  • This sublime portrayal of disturbed loner Arthur Fleck and his transformation is utterly compelling. Phoenix gives one of the performances of the year
  • Director Todd Phillips takes inspiration from Martin Scorsese films Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy – Robert De Niro even plays a comedy-show host
Topic |   American films

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Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker (category IIB), directed by Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy co-star. Photo: Nico Tavernise
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